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Kirk Nieuwenhuis diagnosed with bone bruise in knee

Mar 4, 2013, 8:44 PM EST

Kirk Nieuwenhuis AP

Kirk Nieuwenhuis left yesterday’s game against the Marlins after he hurt his left knee on a head-first slide into second base, but he received some encouraging news today. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Nieuwenhuis was diagnosed with a bone bruise and doesn’t have any ligament damage.

While it appears that Nieuwenhuis managed to avoid a serious injury, he was still limping badly this afternoon and estimates that he could miss anywhere from a few days to a week. The hope is that anti-inflammatories will get him back on the field soon.

Nieuwenhuis, who is trying to secure the starting center fielder job, batted .252/.315/.376 with seven home runs, 28 RBI, four stolen bases and a .691 OPS in 91 games with the Mets last season. The 25-year-old had just one hit over his first 18-bats this spring prior to the injury. Collin Cowgill, Matt den Dekker and Jordany Valdespin are among the alternatives for center field.

  1. dondada10 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    What’s the outfield gonna look like, D.J.?

    I got it as Duda, Cowgill, and Byrd with Baxter and Valdespin.

    No Brown/Bixler/Captain Kirk/den Dekker.

  2. thebadguyswon - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    den Dekker cant hit, so he’s out. Granted the rest of them aren’t good bats either, but den Dekker is 25 and K’ed 25% of the time in AAA. And he’s looked like garbage this spring. He’s not a prospect.

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